Aratea Digital
Milano, Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Manoscritti, D 52 inf.

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Milano, Biblioteca Ambrosiana, D 52 inf.

Collection of Aratea poems

Papier — — Italy — s. XV2

Avienus' Aratea

Cicero's Aratea

Germanicus' Aratea


Herkunft: Both this MS and Montpellier, Ecole de Medicine 452 derive from a now lost exemplar, referred to as liber antiquissimus. It was discover at Vercelli in 1442 by Cyriac of Ancona. In both copies the text of Cicero has neither scholia nor illustrations, but the exemplar had scholia derived from Hyginus and the Revised Aratus Latinus (the so called Scholia Sangermanensia). The exemplar was discussed by Kauffmann (who did not know the MSS in the Ambrosiana, Montpellier and Göttweig); Kauffmann's conclusions were summarised and re-confurmed by Reeve.

Selected bibliography: Entry in Manus online. — Ceruti, A. Inventari dei manoscritti della Biblioteca Ambrosiana, 5. — Reeve, Michael D. “Some Astronomical Manuscripts.” Classical Quarterly, 1980, 508–22. — Kauffmann. "De Hygini memria scholiis in Ciceronis Aratum Herleianis servata." Breslauer philologische Abbandlungen 3.4 1888, 24-36.

1r-31r Avienus: Aratea.

31r-57v Avienus: Orbis Terrae descriptio (vv. 1-1369).

58r-66v Germanicus: Aratea.

cc. 67r-75r Cicero: Aratea.